Saturday, October 31

Book Reviews: T4: A Novel

Title: T4: A Novel

Author: Ann Clare LeZotte

Pages: 105

Summary: It is 1939. Paula Becker, thirteen years old and deaf, lives with her family in a rural German town. As rumors swirl of disabled children quietly disappearing, a priest comes to her family's door with an offer to shield Paula from an uncertain fate. When the sanctuary he offers is fleeting, Paula needs to call upon all her strength to stay one step ahead of the Nazis.

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Oddly, what I liked about the novel, is also what I disliked. For starters, the story is told through poetry of a young adult, and her experience during WWII when T4 was in effect and persons with disabilities were targeted. The story is about her journey to avoid capture, and the story told through poetry is powerful and captivating. Some of the passages were very powerful and emotional. At the same time, I wish this was used in combination with an actual story, sometimes I felt that I needed more information, in what was going on, I wanted to dig deeper into the mind of the girl and others around here and in the story, and the poetry just didn’t reach that point for me. Still worth reading, but I wanted more than what I got. Although this could also be the intention of the author, maybe she intended to give ups just enough to want to learn more about this horrid aspect during the war, that she’d hope readers would do their own research. Hmmm.

Would I recommend it to read: For sure. It’s a great book, powerful and emotional. The author is talented and brings up a haunting past most wish to forget or have never learned or known about before.

What to read next: I'm not sure on this one, I'd say the Diary of Anne Frank would be a good start, maybe read some non-fiction books on the events during T4, to learn more about it. But other than that, I'm unsure what would be a good companion read to this book.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, Fall into Reading Challenge, WWII Challenge, YA Challenge,


  1. I have never heard of this book, but the fact that it is written in poetry and the subject matter deeply intrigue me. I have sort of been staying away from WWII books lately, because I have had a little burn out with them, but this seems like something I could really get into. Great review, I will be looking more closely at this book. Thanks!

  2. I am a sucker for WWII stories and this sounds like a good read... I had never heard of this book until now so I guess I should put it on my TBR list! Nice review btw! :)